Alternates get call at TPC

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH " Fred Couples didn't find out he was playing until Friday. Dustin Johnson didn't find out until 7 a.m. Thursday. The two golfers played early in the first round of The...

Predicting the TPC winner

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PONTE VEDRA " No Tiger may mean no buzz for The Players Championship but there are still 1.7 million reasons " the winner's share for this year's event " for the...

Hangin’ with Omar Hunter

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I just finished spending some time with Omar Hunter, the Florida recruit whom Urban Meyer has called the Tim Tebow of the latest recruiting class, and I can tell you he's the real deal. I don't...

Catching up with Larry Fedora

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I caught up with Larry Fedora this week. The former Florida offensive coordinator is one of the great guys in the profession and is now the head coach at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles just finished their...

NCAA stories sound familiar

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The deja vu continues. I was watching some of the sports talk shows Tuesday and the talking heads were dissecting the national title game and someone pointed out that Kansas was a team that had no...

First visit to The Garden

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NEW YORK " During my many travels, one of the few places that I had never been was Madison Square garden. Until of course, Tuesday. It's a very impressive arena, albeit worn down. It's funny that...

Groundhog program

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Covering Florida athletics is starting to feel like the Twilight Zone. Actually, it has felt that way for some time now.I keep waiting to hear the music and see Jeremy Foley standing in my doorway saying, "Submitted for your...

Historic schedule changes

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ATLANTA " Outside Alexander Memorial Coliseum, hundreds of Kentucky fans found out that the SEC Tournament was over before it started for them. Because of the tornado that forced Georgia Dome officials to declare their facility unplayable,...

Weather gives dome a scare

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It was both surreal and scary. So many things flashed through my mind during what seemed like a 10-minute rumbling (it was probably more like 30 seconds). When the sound first began, I wondered what the...

Vols Nation gets loud

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The Georgia Dome finally has a little volume to it. After a fairly quiet Thursday in the stands, the Tennessee fans are in full throat. And any questions we had about the Vols, who have smelled up...

Vandy is dandy

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Thursday's second game is expected to be the one with the least amount of intrigue and it's living up to the pre-game expectations. Undersized Auburn has no answer for Vandy's 6-foot-11 A.J. Ogilvy. He scores eight of the Commodores'...

SEC opening surprise

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We're finally seeing some basketball here in the Georgia Dome with LSU and South Carolina opening up the SEC Tournament. The energy in the building is overwhelming. Not. Unless one of the two bands is playing you can hear...

Handicapping the SEC tourney

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The SEC Tournament begins Thursday in the Georgia Dome where " in theory anyway " all 12 teams have a chance to win the whole thing and earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament....

SEC Tourament trends

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I'm a numbers guy so I decided to put a formula together to help quantify just how good or bad teams have been in the SEC Tournament over the last five years and the last 10. You know, to help you...

Bedford happy to land at UF

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We met with the three new football coaches at UF on Thursday and you could see why Urban Meyer was impressed with all of them. They have dynamic personalities and seem likable. Dan McCarney can be heard...

UK is making the Big Dance

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Remember back in early January when Kentucky lost to Florida to drop the Wildcats' record to 7-9? Was there ever a team less likely to make the NCAA Tournament? Already, UK had lost to San Diego,...

NFL Combine not a big deal

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The NFL Combine is going on right now and I keep hearing the question being asked about why it's such a big deal. The truth is that it's not a big deal unless you keep asking why it...

SEC coaches should take stand

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Nice week so far for SEC football. LSU has its starting quarterback suspended indefinitely. South Carolina has a starting wide receiver suspended. Alabama suspends a defensive lineman who allegedly robbed two people at gunpoint. And Tennessee suspends its...

A speed bump

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While Florida's basketball team heads to Nashville for a Saturday game at Vanderbilt, the Gators are reeling. Billy Donovan hopes three losses in four games have hardened his team and we'll see down the stretch.But we also...

UF has problems, FSU has big problems

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While Florida's basketball team heads to Nashville for a Saturday game at Vanderbilt, the Gators are reeling. Billy Donovan hopes three losses in four games have hardened his team and we'll see down the stretch. But...